Dynamo deals Chabala, Palmer to Portland
HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo have traded defender Mike Chabala and midfielder Lovel Palmer to Portland for midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money.
Chabala was drafted by Houston in 2006 and played in 69 games for the Dynamo. Palmer started the first 16 games this season.
Moffat, from Scotland, is playing in his fourth full season in Major League Soccer. He played for Columbus when the Crew won the MLS Cup in 2008. In 2010, Moffat set a career high with 23 starts before he was selected by Portland in last year's expansion draft. Moffat will occupy a domestic slot on the Dynamo roster.
Besiktas says it is in talks with Lakers' Kobe Bryant
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish club Besiktas is in talks with Kobe Bryant's representatives about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers' star playing in Turkey during the NBA lockout.
Bryant, who has won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is a 13-time NBA All Star, has been on a tour of China, including a stop in Shanghai on Wednesday. He said he would consider playing overseas during the lockout and mentioned China and Turkey as possibilities.
The Turkish League season starts in October.
US wins softball World Cup opener 7-2 over Czechs
OKLAHOMA CITY — Stacy May-Johnson homered, Rhea Taylor had a two-run triple and the United States beat the Czech Republic 7-2 Thursday night at the World Cup of Softball.
Superstar Jennie Finch retired from the U.S. team during last year's World Cup, and Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman and Natasha Watley are among several former Olympic gold medalists who decided not to return to the team this year.
Not a single player with Olympic experience remains on the team, and only three even had national team experience. Instead of the veterans who once were a dominant force in international softball, this is an inexperienced bunch.
Former Bengals player indicted on sex charges
CINCINNATI — A former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker has been indicted on sex-related charges involving the teenage daughter of a former Bengals assistant coach.
Prosecutors allege that Nathaniel Webster Jr. engaged in sexual conduct with the girl in 2009 when she was 15 and threatened to harm her and her family if she told anyone. Bond was set at $1 million.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Thursday the 33-year-old was indicted on single counts of gross sexual imposition and sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sex with a minor with gun specifications. Webster could get up to 36 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
No attorney was listed for Webster. He played for Tampa Bay from 2000-2003 and for the Bengals from 2004-05. He finished his career with Denver from 2006-08.
Compiled from wire reports